Monday, September 26, 2011


Resist and rebuke fear!

Verse for Today: Monday, September 26, 2011
Psalms 118:6 – The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?

God’s children often meet with threats and intimidations from powerful people. These people are used by the enemy of our souls to weaken us and plant fear in our hearts. Seeing their strength, power, influence and riches, we tend to become afraid of what they might do against us. Our minds then work overtime to project all the negative things which will happen to us because of them. Thus our hearts become frozen and loose our confidence in life. Sometimes we are tempted to resort to dependence in our ability to counteract the enemy which is bound to fail because our strength is no match for the enemy of our souls. But we must quickly realize that we are not alone in this situation and that our Lord is with us. When we are challenged by the enemy, our response should be to look unto the Lord. When we face victimization, our reaction ought to be to go to the Lord and tell Him about it. When we are misinterpreted, our only consolation is to approach our Lord. When we find ourselves all alone in the battle, it is our prerogative is to seek asylum in the presence of our Lord who will never leave us alone nor forsake us. So there is no need for us to succumb to fear and discouragement. The enemy uses fear and discouragement to defeat us. When Daniel was threatened and challenged, he was not afraid, but went to the Lord to submit his petitions. Joseph went to the dungeon and continued to minister to the needs of the people around him rather than become boggled down with his situation. Paul did the same when he was under tremendous political, religious and social pressure and related threats to his life. David was humanly helpless, without support and resources, but he trusted in the Lord to see him through his difficult situations. These men of faith challenged their enemies by holding on to the Lord in absolute trust and simply believed that nothing will happen to them without the knowledge of their Lord who had special plans for them. This Lord is with us today to ward off all fear and phobia from us and put confidence and courage in us to keep going in spite of insurmountable circumstances.

Dear reader, are you experiencing threats of various kinds in your situation? Is the enemy influencing your circumstances and the people who deal with you to make your life miserable? Are you foreseeing dangers planted in your future and relationships by the enemy to create difficulties for you? Is your circumstance fearful and threatening? You have an anchor and a tower of strength in the Lord at such times. His heavenly hosts of angels are around you to protect you from the snares of the forces of the world which victimize you. You must realize that unless the Lord permits, no force on earth can touch you. It was because the presence of the Lord was with them that no one could hurt the interests of Daniel, Joseph, Nehemiah, David and Gideon on their pathways. Today the Lord protects us with His presence, power and promises. His presence gives us the peace that passes all understanding. His power safeguards us from the snares of the enemy. His promises give us hope to keep going in spite of hindrances and intimidations. Fear as an emotion is a tactic of the enemy to weaken us and make us loose our confidence and courage in the Lord. We can resist fear and other emotional tactics used by the enemy in the name of our Lord. When fear comes knocking at the doors of our hearts, we must rebuke it in the name of our Lord. Our faith should challenge the evil forces around us in the name of our Lord and claim victory in every intimidating circumstance posed by the enemy to weaken us. Today let us cling on to the Lord and His promises and honor our Lord with our feeble faith in Him which He will honor by keeping us out of all fears and entangling discouragements in life.

Psalms 27:1 – The Lord is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid?

Thought for Today
Resist fear and rebuke it in the name of the Lord and see that it evaporates from us.

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